BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kris Kirchner, Bloomington Speedway’s new general manager, is excited about this Friday’s King of Indiana Sprint Series opener.
Kirchner was enthusiastic about last weekend’s first race of the year, describing the racy track, the challenging cushion and the 29 sprint cars in the pits. For his first taste of competition under the lights of the historic racing oval, it was obviously a success.
Friday night’s KISS program will be his first big event and there are sure to be challenges. KISS night at Bloomington is always big. Big car counts, aggressive racing and excited fans will make the night memorable. And from all appearances, Kirchner and the race track will be ready.
The KISS series has the reputation for bringing out the big dogs, and this Friday won’t be an exception. Expected to be on the track is Brownsburg’s Jon Stanbrough. Stanbrough scored two feature wins last year, as he wrapped up his sixth KISS championship.
Among the drivers who compete regularly at Bloomington, Brady Short is consistently one of the strongest. Short earned the KISS championship in 2009 and has three KISS features in the books. Another regular, Jeff Bland Jr., scored a KISS win at Tri-State Speedway in 2010.
One driver who is definitely anxious for the KISS event is Bedford’s Bub Cummings. A regular at Bloomington for the past several seasons, Cummings scored his first feature victory at his home track last weekend. Racing to the victory from tenth starting slot, Cummings is showing that his efforts are paying off and a KISS victory is definitely not out of the question.
After finishing second to Cummings, Dakota Jackson is another young racer who is ready for a big night. The Elizabethtown racer has been paying his dues and showing steady improvement.
The same can be said of many of Bloomington’s regular Friday night competitors. Those who could contend for their first KISS win include Danny Holtsclaw, Casey Shuman, Chase Briscoe, Josh Burton and Ethan Barrow. However, they will be facing some of the toughest sprint car competition in the country.